Healthcare Plan Will Likely Miss Deadline

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President Barack Obama will take his healthcare plan directly to the American public during a primetime television address Wednesday night.

But it now looks like the president will not seal the healthcare deal as quickly as he had hoped. It is a battle that many say is turning into a major test of leadership.

The president knows he needs to get outside the Washington, D.C. beltway and sell his plan to the American people.

One reason, there is a good chance that he will not get a healthcare bill passed before Congress begins their summer break. If he is to do so, he must have the support of the public.

CBN News White House Corespondent David Brody will be at the president's press conference tonight.  Click play for his preview of the event followed by comments from opponents of the healthcare legislation, inlcuding Rick Scott of Conservatives for Patients' Rights

"We are closer than ever before to the reform that the American people need and we're going to get the job done," Obama said.

Both the House and Senate bills currently provide insurance for people with pre-existing conditions and they offer a government-run plan.

The president calls it a public option, and it would compete with private insurance to help lower costs.

However, not all Democrats agree with the president's plan. They don't like the measure's tax increases and that is giving Republicans an easy target.

"There's about 10 issues we're concerned with," said Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark. "Obviously cost-cutting is first on that list."

"If the bill fails, it will be because of disagreement among the Democrats," said Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., the GOP minority whip.

Instead of votes in both the House and Senate by August, the best Democrats may be able to hope for is action by the full House before the end of the month and some sort of agreement in the Senate before lawmakers head home for their summer vacation.

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